|October marks the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Some may wonder why it’s important that NC State recognize this month, may assume that domestic violence is just a women’s problem or may have never taken a moment to stop and think about the breadth and depth of the issue.
Domestic violence is a serious, preventable, public health issue. Statistics show that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. But did you know that people from minority groups are more likely to experience domestic violence than those who are not minorities? Were you aware that gay and bisexual men experience rates of domestic violence that are comparable, if not greater than, heterosexual women? Or that the cost of interpersonal violence totals more than $8.3 billion dollars a year? The Women’s Center’s upcoming month of educational events surrounding the issue of domestic violence benefits the entire Wolfpack.